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3 May 2018



Mount Taranaki Pouakai May 2018


Mount Taranaki Pouakai May 2018


塔拉纳基山属于复式火山,其火山锥相当优美、对称;在主锥南侧有另一个火山锥,规模较小,名叫Fantham's Peak。因为塔拉纳基山整体外观和日本的富士山雷同,所以有人称之为「新西兰的富士山」;在新西兰拍摄的好莱坞电影《最后武士》曾在此取景,并把塔拉纳基山假借为富士山。

去这座"富士山"是由朋友带我们去,2018年5月3日这天天气超级无敌好,我们攀登附近的一座山,为了看到Mt Taranaki的全景,以及他在湖中的倒影。很幸运的是,我们拍到了完美的照片,即使全程花了七个半钟,可让我想起中国古诗词里的一段话:于是余有叹焉。古人之观于天地、山川、草木、虫鱼、鸟兽,往往有得,以其求思之深而无不在也。夫夷以近,则游者众;险以远,则至者少。而世之奇伟、瑰怪,非常之观,常在于险远,而人之所罕至焉,故非有志者不能至也。

美好的风景总是值得。


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Summit climb na Taranaki sopku

Simona Koucká, Marek Sýkora from Czech Republic

S naší skvělou hostitelkou Fionou každý den kontrolujeme počasí a vyhlížíme ideální den pro výšlap na mt. Taranaki. Volba je jasná, ve čtvrtek bude teplo, jasno a bezvětří. Tedy i sněhu na vrcholku by mělo být teoreticky méně.

Po třetím odložení budíku vyskakujeme z postele a kolem 7. hodiny už si to jedem směrem k sopce.

Cestou zastavujeme pro pořízení pár idylických fotek, abychom si na našem bucket listu mohli odškrtnout, že jsme tu vážně byli.

Parkujeme na místě pro campervany, kam naše auto patří.


Jdeme, značka na parkovišti nás připravuje na 8-10 hodin, to se i včas vrátíme na večeři, snad.

Jsme zodpovědně připravení na jakékoli počasí. Vezmem to od spodu. Boty do hor, podvlíkačky, nepromokavý kalhoty, merino triko s krátkým i dlouhým rukávem, mikina, nepromokavá bunda a čepice. Péřovka to jistí v batohu. Dokonce i zapůjčené rukavice.

Každý máme zátěž v podobě 1,5l vody a společně 1,5l čaje. To dělá nějakých 2,25l na každého. S tím bychom si měli vystačit.

Pastrami obložené housky s avokádem, salátem, rajčátky a sýrem mají dodat dostatek sil. Díky Fiono za produkty z tvé zahrady. Čokoláda a sušený maso jako nezbytná dávka energie. Samozřejmě každodenní dávka feijoas nesmí chybět.


Fajn, takže šlapem už asi půl hodiny. Celou dobu do kopce. Prudkýho. Každých deset minut zastavujeme. Už máme vypitou půlku jedný flašky. Jak daleko to ještě je? Teprve jsme vyšli z cesty lemované stromy. Zastavujeme u první lavičky. Nějak nejsme ve formě. Svlíkáme bundy, mikiny a necháváme si jen jedno triko s krátkým rukávem. Zbytek není potřeba. Začínáme o sobě pohybovat, tady to ještě není ani tak prudký v porovnání s tím co nás ještě čeká. Stejným tempem, tedy hlemýždím, jsme to dotáhli k chatě s vysílačem. Dáváme si svačinu a dopíjíme první flašku. Dnes je fakt vedro. Mažeme se opalovákem, padesátkou. Při pohledu na zbývající kus cesty padly ještě čtyři řádky čokolády. Nečekaně to čím dál více stoupá.


Pokračujeme. Zapojujeme do pohybu ruce. Přes velký kameny to jinak nejde. Jsme rádi, že je to tak pestrý. Lepší než furt jen jít do kopce. Problém nastává ve chvíli, kdy se z velkých kamenů stávají malé. Malé a kulaté dost na to, aby vám nedali možnost se nikde zapřít ani zachytit. Snažíte se tedy celým tělem, aby každé sklouznutí nebylo delší než vzdálenost, kterou jste právě ušli. Demotivující povrch. Opravdu jsme začli litovat, že nemáme nějakou věc na zapichování. Nejsme zrovna horalové. Neznáme přesnou terminologii, ale tušíme, co by nám to usnadnilo. Potkáváme dvojici v protisměru. Ptáme se jich, jestli byli na vrcholu. Prej ne, nedá se to kvůli ledu. Ukazujou nám tenisky, který jim po ledu klouzaly. To nás ale neodradí.


Nějak jsme to ale kupodivu dosmýkali k dalším velkým kamenům, kde jsme byli zase rádi za tu pestrost. Potkáváme další lidi, který to nedali na vrchol. Tak to už je vrchol. Jestli to nedáme úplně nahoru, tak jsme tu snad zbytečně, ne?

Předbíhá nás pán ve věku našich prarodičů. Jde s lehkostí, div neběží. Nechápeme.


Slunce nás žhaví doběla. Pijeme poslední loky z druhý flašky. Ještě že máme s sebou ten čaj. Sedíme, fotíme, svačíme a otevíráme čaj, který nás měl zachránit. Nebyli jsme připraveni na takové vedro. Mysleli jsme, že bude mínus pět. Bylo plus dvacet pět. Nepotřebovali jsme tolik oblečení a už vůbec ne horkej čaj, ale díky bohu za něj. Nebo ne?

Ráno nás napadla skvělá myšlenka, že si do čaje přidáme citron, ten ale v horkém a temném prostředí nové termosky zplesnivěl. To jsme opravdu nečekali.

Nemáme vodu a ládujeme do sebe čokoládu a sušený maso. Začal boj o přežití. Na vrchol už zbýval jen kousek. Z dostupných informací nám bylo jasný, že to stejně nedáme a bez vody to nemá cenu riskovat.
Oukej. Rychlej přepočet situace nás donutil to otočit o 180 stupňů a vzdát to. Zbytek cesty byl přesně to samý, jen pozpátku. Trochu sněhu a ledu, velký kameny, malý kameny, kluzký kameny, schody.

 

Ale rozhodně to stálo za to. Tak úžasný výhled jako ze skoro vrcholu sopky jsme dlouho nezažili!

Summit climb to Taranaki

With our great host Fiona we found the best day to go to the mountain. The weather on Thursday was just great. Warm, clear and no wind. We left at around 7am.

We parked our car and saw a sign saying that our walk will take around 8-10hrs. We hope to get back for the dinner. We have all necessary clothes except the winter equipment. In our bags we have 1,5l of water each and 1,5l of hot tea together. That's 2,25l of liquids for each of us. That should be enough. We also made some snack. Buns filled with pastrami, mustard, vegetables from garden (thanks Fiona) and cheese for enough income of energy. Yes of course and heaps of feijoas.

We went very slow, the small rocks were worst because we were not able to walk on them. It was two steps forward, three steps back. We had to use hands for this terrain. A very old man with a stick just walked around us with an awesome ease. We felt so embarrasing.

Two guys walked already down the way and tol dus that they were not able to get to the summit because of the ice. They just slipped down. Okay it looks like we will not be able to get there too.

The sun was burning our skin. We drank the rest of our water supplies. We had to have a rest on a big rock. We opened the tea and found out that the lemon which we added is now rotten. There is still some distance left and we have no water. We will probably not be able to get to the summit. But the views from here were just georgeous. We saw Taupo and Tongariro. The day was really beautiful.

Fine. We recalculated our situation and decided to get back. We didn't need winter clothes. All the way we wore just t-shirt. There was ice and snow sometimes on the way but it wasn't freezing. It was around 20 degrees.

The way back was also quite hard. Especially on the small rocks. They are hell. This was our first experience walking on volcano and next time we will be more ready. We hope. We don't regret to go there. It was just super day. Next time we would go there again.

April 2018 Marek and Simona

Taranaki 26 04 2018

26 April 2018 Marek and Simona

26 April 2018 Marek and Simona

26 April 2018 Marek and Simona

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Images from Jean-Michel Giet.


Image from Jean-Michel Giet. From Castlecliff near Wanganui




Image from Jean-Michel Giet.


Image from Jean-Michel Giet.

Image from Jean-Michel Giet.



 Image from Jean-Michel Giet.



 Images from Jean-Michel Giet.


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24th January 2018 Mount Taranaki


24th January 2018 Mount Taranaki clouds at the summit




After checking the weather forecast for several days and seeing mostly rain, I jumped on the first day of sunshine to plan my tramp to the summit of Mt. Taranaki.

In total, it was a 10-hour day of tramping, including the grueling climb with an elevation gain of 1.6km!-- it's no wonder why some online bloggers colloquially refer to this track as 'The Puffer'! The first portion of the track follows a gravel/ concrete road up to the Lodge, and then there is a brief rocky section before a long wooden staircase. After this is the challenging scree section which makes for very slow progress due to the slippery terrain. Next is a section of boulder climbing, which is physically demanding but also kind of fun as it requires some thinking. After this, you arrive at the snow-filled crater, and then it is a quick rock and scree climb to the very top of the mountain!

I was treated to a dramatic cloud show during this tramp with the finale being an endless sea of clouds from the summit.

While this was impressive for me, perhaps it was also a significant moment for the cucumbers of the world... A fresh and delicious cucumber from Fiona's garden accompanied me on this climb, perhaps setting records as one of the few cucumbers to summit Mount Taranaki (the North Island's second highest mountain)! ;)

Lauren Beanton

 

 

Images from the last day of 2017. My visit was a 19 kms walk. The wind changed at 9.58 am enough to see the mountain.

Tarns and the Pouakai

bush walk Pouakai track

Fiona

 

Saturday 16TH July 2016. Here we are, a walk day to the Mt Taranaki! Woohooo

Backpack, lunch, camera and batteries are ready; Fiona kindly drove me to the Mangorei road. I started to walk at 8.20 am. After few minutes, wood and forest are very present, all this trees, so green, so amazing and fascinating! The path was quite easy even if we are in winter season.

You walked on kind of stairs made with aligned woods (a lot actually). Only near to the end, some ice and cold water are present. However, been alone was a little bit long but you can see some animals trap and take a quick look inside if you are brave! So it took me more than 2 hours 30 ( I had to stop so many times in the wood taking pictures here and here and here ... lol) to arrived at the Pouakai hut at 10.50 am . Woohooo so happy when I saw it! But with sadness, the weather wasn't good. Only big wind and huge fog was present. Anyway, I tried to go to the place for THE picture, so I took a small break here and quickly go to the secret place...

Keep climbing from the hut to the place, on Pouakai track; I finally arrived to the spot .Temperature 0 degrees and crazy bloody weather! But as you can see on the picture, we cannot see anything.

A little sad against the sky but happy to find the spot because I will be back in summer! And I will wake up earlier too this time... So, don't climb in winter season ... the weather are very very bad I don't want you to be disappointed and bring your waterproof shoes ... ;)

Samedi 16 Juillet 2016. Nous y voila, la journée rando au Mont Taranaki!

Sac a dos, collation, appareil photo et batteries prêt, Fiona me depose gentiment au pied du petit chemin qui me mène a la foret . Je commence la marche a 8h20. A peine dedans, la presence de la foret est forte! Tous ces arbres et cette verdure, fascinant! Construit a base de planches de bois toutes alignes, le chemin est facile d' acces meme si c'est l'hiver. Les deux heures trente (oui oui, j'ai du m'arrêter plusieurs fois a prendre des photos ici et la et encore la ..) de marche m'ont semble longue. Du coup d'un oeil curieux, ont peut apercevoir tout au long des pièges a animaux ( généralement opossum: très nuisible et mangeur d'oeuf de kiwi hein..) et si vous êtes brave, jetez y un oeil ;) Bref, j'arrive enfin a Pouakai Hut a 10h50. Tellement contente de la voir cette petite cabane! Woohooo Je m'arrête un instant assez bref pour repartir rapidement vers l'endroit secret...

Je continue donc ma petite rando sur Pouakai track, mais malheureusement la meteo n'etait pas vraiment clemente.. J'arrive enfin au fameux spot : nuages, nuages, vent, brouillard et encore brouillard et un petit 0 degrees pour m'accueillir ! JOIE! Comme vous pouvez le voir, on ne voit strictement rien sur la photo.. snif.

Compte rendu, je suis attristée par ce petit trip a cause du mauvais temps. C'est pourquoi je vais revenir! Mais en été cette fois ci et le reveil sonnera beaucoup plus tot!

Conclusion, ne venez pas en saison d' hiver! Je ne veux pas que vous soyez déçu comme moi... Et n'oubliez pas vos chaussures de rando waterproof ;)

Alexia A.

 

Winter July on Taranaki mounatin

Winter July on Taranaki mounatin

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This sunday, 24th January 2016 the weather looks great to visit Mt. Taranaki ! We looked to the D.O.C. maps and the past post that Fiona's visitors make. The reflexion of the Mont in the water really impress us and we want to take the same picture as well...   Fiona explain us the way to go and we take the Mangorei Road direction. Already, from the car we have a great view of the Mont at the end of the road. At the end of Mangorei Rd there are already a lot of cars park : the secret has been told !.  We begin to walk at 9am. After 2 minutes of walk we enter in the forest, following the very well done walkway (even if it's quite muddy) that slalom into the bush. The stairs are done with aligned wood cleats and we fell like walking on a conveyor belt... Only if it was not so slow ! However the walk is easy, the climb is not too steep, we are int the shadows of the ferns and native trees. But it's just that the surrounding is quickly monotonous. It's long to see only your feet and the fern trees during 2 hours ! We count the the pest traps to distract ourself and we found the dead rats where the flies are numerous and noisy. At least, some blue sky in view ! The shrub replace the trees and we feel suddenly so much higher. And finally, we have our first perspective of New Plymouth, with its small monts and its chimney. We are high !And then we continue to climb and climb again until we arrived to Pouakai hut and its welcome shadow and bench. The arrangement here are so well done that we almost want to stay for the night. But we continue to this very beautiful point of view of the Mont and then we follow the indication to go to the wet zone and the Tarn who reflect the Mont's face (only if the wind is not here !)Here there is a small drawing of our walk (2h30 to climb and 1h30 to go down back to the car) : The Mont, the cloud, New Plymouth and the see, the Tarn, the small flowers « Daisy », the wood pass and the gradient of vegetation that you can see in summer.

Ce samedi le temps s'annonce parfait pour aller voir Monsieur le mont Taranaki. Nous jetons un coup d'oeil aux cartes du DOC ainsi qu'aux précédents post du blog des visiteurs de Fiona. La réflexion du Mont dans l'eau nous donne vraiment envie d'aller nous aussi prendre une photo... Fiona nous explique par où passer et nous prenons direction Mangorei Rd. Déjà, depuis la voiture nous avons une superbe perspective sur le Mont. Au bout de la route, pas mal d'autres voitures sont déjà stationnées : le secret a du être dévoilé !Nous commençons notre randonnée à 9h. A peine 2 minutes de marche et nous nous enfonçons dans la forêt en suivant le sentier très bien aménagé (bien que boueux) qui slalome dans le bush. Les marches sont faites de tasseaux de bois alignés et on a presque l'impression de marcher sur un tapis roulant... Si seulement nous n'allions pas si lentement ! Pourtant la marche est facile, la montée n'est pas trop raide et nous sommes à l'ombre des fougères et des grands arbres natifs. Mais l'environnement est très vite monotone et c'est long d'observer nos pieds et les troncs mousseux pendant 2h. On compte les pièges à nuisibles pour s'occuper et on repère les cadavres de rats au vacarme des mouches.Enfin un bout de ciel bleu ! Les arbustes ont remplacé les arbres, nous nous sentons d'un coup beaucoup plus grand. Puis voilà notre première perspective qui apparait ! Qu'est-ce que nous sommes haut ! On voit New Plymouth avec ses petits monts et sa cheminée. Aucun endroit pour faire une pause, ce n'est pas le moment de s'arrêter. Mais nous voyons vite la Pouakai Hut et son ombre bienvenue. L'aménagement nous donne presque envie de rester dormir ici !Puis nous reprenons la grimpette jusqu'à un très beau point de vue sur le Mont et nous suivons les indications pour descendre vers la zone humide et le Tarn qui reflète le visage du Mont seulement lorsque le vent se calme.Un petit dessin de notre randonnée  (2h30 en montée et 1h30 en descente) : le Mont, les nuages, New Plymouth et la mer, le Tarn, les toutes petites fleurs « daisy », le chemin de bois et les dégradés de végétations observables en cette saison.

Lola and Raphael.

Mount Taranaki Pouakai view

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7 January 2016.

 

Mein Ausflug zum Mount Taranaki beginnt bereits kurz nach Sonnenaufgang mit einer persoenlichen Eskorte zur Mangorei Road. Ausgerüstet mit einer Karte, ausreichend Proviant und ein paar nützlichen Tipps für besonders schoene Fotospots starte ich gegen 7 Uhr morgens in einen zunächst sonnigen Tag. Nun heißt es erst mal Treppen steigen. Die Pouakai Hut, mein erstes Ziel an diesem Vormittag, ist laut der Beschilderung einen zweieinhalb stündigen Fußmarsch entfernt. Zum Glück ist der Aufstieg weder besonders steil, noch komme ich außerordentlich ins Schwitzen, da mir der Wald genügend Schatten spendet. Der Aufstieg über die Treppenstufen, die fast überall auf dem Weg angebracht sind, kommt mir zwar ein wenig lang und nach einiger Zeit etwas eintoenig vor, doch anscheinend komme ich gut voran, da ich die Pouakai Hut eine Stunde früher erreiche, als die Schilder es angekündigt haben. Die Sicht von hier oben ist der Wahnsinn: Da es um diese Zeit noch relativ klar ist, kann bis zur Küste von New Plymouth und dahinter das Meer sehen, und wenn ich mich umdrehe, blicke ich direkt auf den riesigen Vulkankegel. So viel beeindruckende Landschaft auf einem Fleck - wirklich toll und einmalig für Neuseeland!

Nach einer kurzen Pause auf der Hütte geht es zunächst weiter mit einem Abstecher zu den Tarns, der mir wärmstens von Fiona empfohlen wurde. Dort kann man nämlich die „berühmten" Fotos vom Berg und seiner Spiegelung im Wasser machen. Bereits auf dem kurzen Weg hinunter zu den Tarns sehe ich sie jedoch von Richtung Meer herannahen: Unzählige Wolken, die ziemlich schnell geradewegs auf mich und den Berg zukommen. Es ist also Eile angesagt beim Fotografieren. Im Stillen danke ich Fiona für ihren Rat, möglichst früh aufzubrechen. Anscheinend sind die Wetterverhältnisse am Mount Taranaki, so wie es immer heißt, wirklich unberechenbar und können sich sehr schnell ändern. Zum Glück komme ich aber noch zu ein paar wirklich tollen Aufnahmen. Die winzige Wolke, die den Berg auf dem Foto schmückt, lässt kaum erahnen, dass der Mount Taranaki nur wenige Minuten später komplett in einer Wolkendecke verhüllt ist. Wäre ich nur 15 Minuten später gekommen, hätte ich nicht mehr viel erkennen koennen. Was für ein Glück.

Auf dem Rest meiner insgesamt ca. achtstündigen Wanderung bekomme ich den Gipfel nicht mehr zu sehen. Je länger ich unterwegs in Richtung Holly Hut bin, um so mehr zieht es sich um den kompletten Berg herum zu. Ich kann ihn nur noch erahnen und bin froh, dass ich ihn vorher mit eigenen Augen gesehen habe. Die nebelige Umgebung und die düstere Stimmung auf dem Marsch durch das Ahu Kawkawa Moor haben jedoch auch etwas für sich. An der Holly Hut angekommen stärke ich mich mit einem kleinen Lunch, um daraufhin noch zu den 30-40 Minuten entfernten Bells Falls zu wandern. Der Weg wird zum Ende hin zwar etwas abschüssig, dennoch bin ich froh, diesen wunderschönen Wasserfall noch mitgenommen zu haben, bevor ich mich wieder auf den langen Rückweg begebe. Insbesondere der Abstieg zurück zur Straße hat es nun in sich, da sich nach so langer Gehzeit meine Knie melden und ich erschöpft bin und nur noch ankommen möchte. Alles in allem war es ein wunderschöner Tag, der meine Zeit in Taranaki und in Neuseeland insgesamt sehr bereichert hat.

My trip to Mount Taranaki begins just after sunrise with a personal escort to Mangorei Road. Provided with a map, enough food and some recommendations for good photospots, I start my walk at 7am on a sunny morning. The first thing to do is climbing heaps of stairs. According to the signs Pouakai Hut should be a two and a half hours walk away. The ascent is fortunately not very steeply rising, and the forest spends shadow, so I don't sweat too much on this part of the track. Even though the ascent seems to be long and a little bit dreary, I'm going on well, since I arrive at Pouakai Hut one hour earlier than the signs predicted. The view from here is stunning. I can see the coast of New Plymouth and the Ocean behind, and when I turn around I can see the big mountain. So much impressing scenery at once - this is really unique for New Zealand.

After a short break on the hut I go on for a little side trip to the Tarns, which Fiona highly recommanded me. That's the area where you can take the "famous" pictures of the mountain and its reflection in the water. While I'm walking down to the Tarns I can already see them approaching from the ocean: Huge clouds moving fast in the direction of me and the mountain. I get in a little hurry taking my pictures, but I'm very glad I listened to Fiona's advice starting the trip as early as possible. Apparently the weather is really capricious, as you can read everywhere. But fortunately I am able to take some incredible pictures. When you see the tiny cloud around the mountain on the picture you can hardly believe that just a couple of minutes later the mountain is completely covered by clouds. If I had arrived only 15 minutes later I wouldn't have been able to see anything. Lucky me.

On the following part of my (8 hours in total) hike I can't see the summit of Mount Taranaki any more. While I am tramping to Holly Hut more and more clouds are coming up. I just know there's a big mountain in front of me because I have seen it before... otherwise I wouldn't suppose it. But the misty surrounding and the gloomy mood on my way through the Ahu Kawkawa Swamp are interesting though. At Holly Hut I have a little lunch to rebuild for another side trip to the Bells Falls. Even though the trail becomes more and more sloping I am glad I could see the beautiful waterfall on my trip as well. Then it's time for the way back. Especially the descent back to Mangorei Road is hard work because after walking for so long my knees started to hurt. I am exhausted and want to arrive now. All in all it was an awesome day that enriched my time in Taranaki and in New Zealand on the whole.

Antje Huber.

Mount Taranaki Pouakai view

 

pouakai view

 

bells falls and ahukawakawa

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It is great waking up at 4:00 am, when outside is still dark, knowing that you are going to have a really long day. It was for me the start of Sunday 29th of November. At 6:00 am I was starting the track all around Mount Taranaki, one of the most various and longest walk of my life.  In the same day you can see and experience: the mountain with "his" short vegetation and big stones, "his" snowing top and "his" huge valleys. The swamp with mud and the incredible grass sponges. The hill where you walk up and down and you can enjoy the view of the entire Mountain from outside that. And finally the rich bush with stones and trees dressed of green clothes.  It was 25 km, it last 11 hours, it was painful for the legs but at the end was really worth.


E' bello alzarsi alle 4:00 di mattina, quando fuori è ancora buio, sapendo che avrai davvero una lunga giornata. Iniziò così per me Domenica 29 Novembre. Alle 6:00 di mattina stavo iniziando il sentiero intorno il monte Taranaki, una delle più varie e lunghe camminate della mia vita. Nello stesso giorno puoi vedere e vivere: la montagna con la sua corta vegetazione e la sue grandi pietre, la sua cima innevata e le sue grandi valli. La palude con il fango e le incredibili spugne di erba. La collina dove cammini su e giù e puoi godere della vista di tutta la montagna da fuori di essa. E alla fine il ricco bosco con le pietre e gli alberi vestiti di verdi abiti. E' stata lunga 25 km, è durata 11 ore, è stata dolorosa per le gambe, ma ne è davvero valsa la pena.

Filippo.

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Un soir après avoir regardé les images du mont Taranaki prit pas la webcam de Fiona je me suis dit que ce serait quand même pas mal d'aller le voir de plus près. Le lendemain matin je me réveil vers 8 heures et direction le North Egmont Visitor Center...oh yeah. Après un petit peu plus d'une heure de route me voila enfin arrivé. Le ciel était assez couvert mais c'est heureusement dégagé assez vite après une heure bonne de randonnée. Le seul problème restait le froid, en effet il y avait encore de la neige par endroit. La température devait avoisiner les 12 degrés. Les sentiers de randonnées sont assez agréable malgré leurs reliefs assez accidentés. Une bonne expérience et des jolis paysages plein la tête que je recommande vivement. Comme je ne sais pas comment terminer mon texte je vais finir sur une citation du roi Loth : Odi Panem Quid Meliora. Ça ne veut rien dire mais je trouve que ça boucle bien.

A night after watching the Mount Taranaki pictures took by the Fiona webcam i'm to myself : it would be nice to go see it closer. The next day i wake up around 8 a.m and direction the North Egmont Visitor Center. After one hour of driving i arrive at one's destination. The sky was very cloudy but cleared after one hour of walking. The only problem was the cold weather, there was snow sometime. The temperature didn't except 12°c. The trails are pleasant despite the rugged terrain. It's a good expérience with a beautiful landscape. I recommend this mount for hiking.

Simon - France

 

wikles pools taranaki mountain

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Als wir bei Fiona Clark wwooften, war es eine unserer Aufgaben „the mountain" zu erklimmen. Diese Aufgabe führten wir gerne aus, da wir ohnehin den Vulkan, den wir zuvor mit dem Auto umrundet hatten hautnah erleben wollten. Fiona riet uns dazu schon früh am Morgen aufzubrechen, da gegen Nachmittag Wolken aufziehen sollten. Da wir uns leider etwas verfuhren, war der Mt. Tranaki trotz unseres frühen Aufbrechens in Wolken gehüllt. Wir starteten also unsere Wanderung am Ende der Plymouth Road. Zunächst ging es über Kuhweiden, bevor wir das Tor in den Dschungel betraten, das unser Wanderweg war. Es war ein Weg nach unserem Geschmack, ein Weg „further off the beaten track". Es ging lange Zeit über und unter umgefallene Bäume und durch Schlammlöcher, bis wir schließlich auf den Mangorei Wanderweg stießen, der uns dank der verlegten Holzbretter wie eine Autobahn vorkam. Das Wetter wurde rauer, denn wir waren direkt in den Wolken und auch der Wind wurde stärker. Als wir dann gegen Mittag an der Pouakai Hut ankamen, beschlossen wir nicht weiterzugehen, da das Wetter die Sicht auf ein paar Meter beschränkte und der Wind sehr kalt war. Zurück auf der Kuhweide sprach uns dann ein Farmer an, der uns bat sein Eigentum zu verlassen und uns eröffnete, dass der Weg, den wir gegangen waren schon seit 1998 wegen Erdbeben gesperrt war (was erklärte, warum er so schlecht ausgeschildert war, dass wir uns sogar einmal verliefen). Wir machten uns dann schleunigst auf zurück zum Van, der leider einen Platten hatte, weswegen wir den Farmer, der uns gerade von seinem Gelände gejagt hatte um Hilfe fragen mussten, um unseren Reifen wieder aufzupumpen. Alles in allem kann man sagen, dass wohl nicht alles glatt lief, es aber trotzdem ein spannender und schöner Tag war.

While we were wwoofing at Fiona Clark´s place, one of our tasks was to climb "The Mountain". We appreciated this task since anyway we wanted to experience the volcano which we had circled by car before. Fiona suggested leaving early in the morning due to the clouds appearing in the afternoon. Unfortunately we lost our way, so Mt. Taranaki has already been hidden in clouds when we started our hiking tour at the end of Plymouth Road. First the track led us over cow paddocks and then we entered the jungle through a gate created by trees and bushes. We liked the track very much because of its attitude that was like "further off the beaten track". Long times we had to climb over fallen trees and through mud holes until we met Mangorei Track which seemed to us like a highway due to its wooden boards lying on the ground. The weather became rougher and the wind gained strength since we were surrounded by the cloud. About lunchtime we reached Pouakai Hut and decided not to go on due to the bad sight and the cold wind. Back on the cow paddock a farmer asked us to leave his property and told us that the track we came from has been closed in 1998 because of earthquakes (which was explaining why there were so few signs and why we had lost our way for a short time). We hurried to get back to our van. Unfortunately it had an empty tire on the front why we had to ask the farmer for help who had just told us to leave his property. In conclusion you can say that not everything went like planned although it was still an exciting and lovely day.

Sonja, Samuel, Lenni and Lukas

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Just like people on earth are always curious about the dark side of the moon, during my three weeks' travelling in eastern and north eastern Taranaki, I always wondered: what's the other sides of the mountain like? That's why I started a three days journey on Sat Nov 7, 2015. I walked to Pouakai Tarns for the second time in the early morning, the mountain was clear so finally I got a nearly perfect photo, the breeze caused some ripples though. Then in the afternoon, I climbed to Fantham's Peak (1966 m) and stayed there overnight. The sunset and sunrise were amazing. The open view (yo dudes in South Island I was waving hand to you!), the halo of the sun, the shadow of the mountain, the orange colour on the snow, the silhouette of the three mountains in Tongariro National Park... Everything made me think I was lucky to be there. In the next morning, I went down the mountain and travelled along the Surf Highway 45 from Hawera to New Plymouth in two days. So finnally, I have seen all the sides of the mountain! :)

正如人類對月之暗面總是充滿好奇,在 Taranaki 東部及東北部已經呆了三個星期的我也常常想:這座美麗雪山的其他面是什麼樣子的呢?於是從2015年11月7日,我開始了一次爲期三天的旅程。7日清晨我再次快步走去了 Pouakai Tarns(午時經常會有雲霧形成),這次終於拍到了幾乎完美的照片。下午,我趕在日落前爬上了1966米高的 Fantham's Peak,並在那上面過了一夜。日落很美。廣闊的視野(南島的小夥伴我在向你招手!)、太陽的光暈、Tongariro 國家公園三座雪山的剪影......一切的一切都讓我感覺,我能在那個時刻站在那個地方是一種幸運。第二天早上看過日出後我走下了山,然後在接下來的兩天從 Hawera 沿着「衝浪高速45號」繞 Mt Taranaki 轉了一圈。她的每一面都很美。

吳善 Shan Wu - China.




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I went to Mount Taranaki on Wednesday 14th of October 2015. We arrived at the scene at 7:30am. The summit was clear, the sky was blue and the sun shone. The weather was mild. We walked to reach the ski resort, it was beautiful. I went back and I sat on a bench to admire the landscape and collect myself. I heard the birds field, the light was superb. Everything was quiet and relaxing. The view from above was absolutely gorgeous. I felt so well! Like a cherry on the whipped cream ..  I will never forget this moment of complete appeasement .. Thank you Mount Taranaki.

Je me suis rendue au Mont Taranaki le mercredi 14 octobre. Nous sommes arrivées sur les lieux à 7H30. Le sommet était dégagé, le ciel était bleu et le soleil brillait. La température était douce. Nous avons marché pour atteindre la station de ski, c'était magnifique. Je suis redescendue et je me suis assise sur un banc pour admirer le paysage et me recueillir. J'entendais le champ des oiseaux, la lumière était superbe. Tout était calme et reposant. La vue de là-haut est absolument incroyable. Je me suis sentie si bien, comme une cerise sur de la chantilly..  Je n'oublierai jamais ce moment d'apaisement totale..
Merci Mont Taranaki.

Ophelie Dreau - Bretagne.